Burr: No Russia-Trump collusion evidence. (But I’m still open to the idea.)

The Associated Press is the latest driveby entity to extend Richard Burr’s ’15 minutes of fame’ as the useful Republican idiot in the Russia collusion “investigation”:

For much of the last two years, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has been the Russia investigator who is seen but rarely heard on Capitol Hill.[…] 

You guys in DC are,um, “lucky.” We rarely see or hear from him down here.  (And he’s supposedly representing US.)  MORE:

[…] In an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, the North Carolina Republican opened up about the investigation that has now consumed 19 months of his life. He says it has been “frustrating as hell” and much more difficult than he originally envisioned. But he says the integrity of the investigation — and its importance to the institution of the Senate — is something he has labored to protect.

“Nothing in this town stays classified or secret forever,” Burr said. “And at some point somebody’s going to go back and do a review. And I’d love not to be the one that chaired the committee when somebody says, ‘well, boy, you missed this.’ So we’ve tried to be pretty thorough in how we’ve done it.”

Burr said there is “no factual evidence today that we’ve received” on collusion or conspiracy between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign. But he said he’s still open on the issue and hasn’t personally come to any final conclusions, since the investigation isn’t finished.[…]

I wonder if his mom and dad had this much trouble convincing him that the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy and Santa Claus are NOT REAL?


[…] The Senate investigation is the last bipartisan congressional probe of Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and connections to Trump’s campaign. Working with the panel’s top Democrat, Virginia Sen. Mark Warner, Burr has so far managed to keep the investigation free from the extraordinary acrimony that has plagued work on the House side of the Capitol. The House Intelligence Committee bitterly fought through its entire Russia investigation, which ended earlier this year despite the objections of Democrats.[…] 

Translation:  House Republicans stood up to Democrat nonsense.  Burr has allowed Mark Warner and the rest of the Democrat minority to run over him.


By putting off the final report, Burr and Warner have so far been able to maintain the bipartisan tenor.

“I have confidence in Richard Burr that we together, with the members of our committee, are going to get to the bottom of this,” Warner said last year. “And if you get nothing else from today, take that statement to the bank.” […] 

See ????  What did I tell you?


[…] Unlike many of his Intelligence Committee colleagues, Burr has eschewed cable television appearances and refrained from visiting the White House and interacting with Trump. Republican Sen. Jim Lankford of Oklahoma, who sits on the intelligence panel and is close to Burr, says Burr started every meeting at the beginning of the probe by asking senators not to talk to the media “until we get additional facts and we put things out together.” […]

Um, since you’re dealing with classified material and national security and that kind of stuff, I would think there would not be much you SHOULD be talking to the media about.